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I'm planning on make a full size afghan and I have NO CLUE how much yarn to get. I'm not really going to be using a pattern, just doing a ripple, so I don't have a pattern to use for how much yarn to get. My gauge is usually pretty close to what the yarn calls for. I plan on using Red Heart Super Saver yarn and an I hook.

 

Can someone give me an idea on how much yarn. I'm thinking around 16 skeins of super saver might do it.

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4x6 ft ghans usually take about 3 pounds. If you're doing sc I would go for 4 pounds just to be on the safe side.

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Well, crap, so 16 skeins of supersaver would be too much? They are 7 oz each, 16 skeins is 112 oz, which is 7 pounds, right? I'm so terrible at figuring how much yarn I'll need. I'm always terrified I won't have enough so I buy WAY too much. I don't want to do that this time, since we are on a tight budget right now and I will need quite a bit of yarn to do a big afghan!

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It's not too much if you want to make a bedspread sized ghan.

 

16 ounces in a pound x 4 pounds = 64 ounces

 

64 ounces divided by 7 ounce skein = 9.14 skeins

 

Most ripples are done in sc. Sc uses slightly more yarn than dc so you should be good going with the 4 pounds of yarn.

 

I usually buy Caron Pounders so I know how many pounds I have right off the bat.

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The ripple I plan to use will be in dc. I'm going to do it in 4 colors, with the pattern of stripes being 4 rows of color A, 3 rows of color B, 2 rows of color C and 1 row of color D.

 

uggg, I hate trying to figure this stuff out! I know I'll need more of color A and B than I will of C and D.

 

So, if I get 1 skeins of D, 2 skeins of C, 3 skeins of B, and 4 skeins of A, That will equal 10 skeins total, which will end up 70 oz of yarn.

 

Does that seem right?

 

Thanks so much for your help!

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I learned the hard way, by running out, that only the solid colors are 7 oz. If you are planning to use a varigated yarn, remember they are only 5 oz.

 

This page gives the amount for their different types.

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http://interiordec.about.com/od/beds/a/bedsizes.htm

 

Full sheet = 81 x 96 inches (6.75' x 8')

Full comfortor = 86 x 86 inches (7.2' square)

 

What I would recommend is finding a ripple pattern in DC that resembles what you want to do, and doing the math on the size difference.

 

Following Rose Red's yarn requirement example [which might not work if you are using a different stitch]-- for the full sheet size, that's 7,776 square inches, a 4x6' blanket is 3456 square inches, if 3 pound estimate is right for a 4'x6' blanket then you would need 6.75 pounds of yarn for a full size blanket.

 

To figure out the proportion per color, more math...4+3+2+1 is 10, which makes it easy, the colors would be 40%, 30%, 20%, and 10% of the total 6.75 pounds.

Edited by Granny Square

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I'm so glad you got that one covered Granny Square. Too much math for my head.

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I think I have it figured out. I WANT to do a bedspread size afghan, but money-wise, that's not going to happen right now. I think I'm going to do a 4x6'. I've looked at other patterns, most of which are for baby ripple blankets, and they are using 6 skeins for a 36x36" blanket, so I believe that 10 skeins will do a 4x6'. And I REALLY hope that the amount of each color works out! But, since I will most likely be doing red heart super saver, I won't worry too much since they don't have dye lots!

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I'm so glad you got that one covered Granny Square. Too much math for my head.

 

Thanks, but thinking about 7,776 square inches makes me dizzy! That's a lot of stitches!! :loco

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That is an insane amount of stitches. One day I'll do a HUGE afghan, but that's not going to happen any day soon! Maybe when my kids start getting married in like 10+ years I'll do one for them. :haha

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👌 trying to figure out how many skeins i need to make a 84"x95" Afghan cause i'm trying to make it for a friend as her wedding gift have a year roughly to have it done but want to get it started & want the correct # of yarn to buy when I go to get it...

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Hi everyone one. Has anyone used Lion Brand Mandala yarn? I’m a beginner and am looking to make something. I have one skein. I was thinking maybe a scarf or shawl or wrap. Any ideas on that and any good recommendations for a free crochet pattern? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you. 

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https://www.lionbrand.com/search?q=mandala yarn  link to the manufacturer's site for the yarn, there are lots of different 'Mandala' yarns, apparently in different weights.  What you need to do is find a pattern in YOUR yarn's weight.  One skein may be enough for a cowl type scarf or hat, possibly not a wrap--so give us more details so we have more to go on to pick a pattern.

The bulkier the yarn, the less yardage you will have per skein--I think beginners are drawn to thick yarn because they think it will be fewer stitches to finish a 'thing', but  don't realize it's usually more expensive to create that thing because all skeins are not created equal--it's all about yardage, and bulky yarn skeins have a fraction of the yardage as lesser weight yarns.

Example, mandala ombre = medium weight, 344 yards per skein.  Same price (on LB website) as mandala thick & quick, super bulky, 79 yards.

On the LB site, you can look at patterns, and then choose a specific LB yarn, then 'crochet', and the sort of thing you want to make--or better yet, pick the yarn weight, more choices will come up.  Example, if you have ombre which is medium weight, you can select medium weight patterns - but if they use a medium weight in a different yardage skein, you'll have to do some math - how many total yards in # of skeins of the 'other' yarn does the pattern call for, divided by the # of yards in 1 skein of YOUR yarn of the same weight, will tell you how many skeins you will need to buy.

 

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